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Mas Sant Jordi – the food and wine partnership!

Mas Sant Jordi – the food and wine partnership!

For guests who are seeking relaxing evenings where no-one need drive or if you want to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, we offer an informal and personal dining option. Meals can be for an entire family / group or later in the evening for the adults alone. This is normally provided by Alistair who is the chef for our Maison d'hôte guests and the groups that stay on a full board basis. His love of cooking over many years whilst in 'corporate life' included private dinners and special celebration events. He also attended all 3 levels of the cookery school at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons (Raymond Blanc, Oxford, UK) from 1998 to 2001. More recently, he has been at the Waterside Inn cookery school with 3-star Michelin chef Alain Roux and the Anantara Thai cookery school. Read more...

An elegant villa, located on the edge of the picturesque village of Montauroux

An elegant villa, located on the edge of the picturesque village of Montauroux

The villa has an incredible panoramic view of the Esterel hills and the valley. 20 mins walk from the centre of the village which has all amenities: grocery store, bakeries and restaurants (gastronomic, traditional). 5 minutes drive to the large supermarkets, local produce outlets and other restaurants. 30 minutes inland from the Mediterranean coast of Cannes and Grasse. 45 minutes from Nice Airport via the A8 autoroute. Read more...

A rental in the Périgord Noir that has it all

A rental in the Périgord Noir that has it all

It's not just the rental, although it is a gorgeous, restored cottage in the Périgord Noir set within the peaceful grounds of a small 17th century manor house that was formerly the courthouse for a nearby château. Both cottage and manor are constructed in the local golden limestone with traditional stoned-tiled 'lauze' roofs and stone window surrounds, typical of the old local architecture. It is set in spacious, leafy grounds with areas for outdoor dining, a very large, private swimming pool and lovely views of the surrounding tree-lined hillside. Light and airy, with oak floors and beams... Read more...

Provence holiday homes walking distance to restaurants

Provence holiday homes walking distance to restaurants

Treat the whole family to fantastic Provençal food and wine, conveniently just a walking distance from your holiday home. Enjoy traditional Provençal dishes, combining fresh ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, saffron, peppers, anchovies, olives, olive oil and wild herbs all in a Mediterranean holiday atmosphere. Read more...

Green, green grass of my French holiday home

Green, green grass of my French holiday home

Enjoy the summer sunshine to the max when on holiday in France this summer. Walk amongst the flowers and the trees. Enjoy the great outdoors and enjoy the blue sky and hot French sunshine. Read more...

A 200 year-old Provencal Bastide nestled in a private 15-acre mountain vale

A 200 year-old Provencal Bastide nestled in a private 15-acre mountain vale

This 200-year-old Provencal Bastide is nestled in a private 15-acre mountain vale just outside one of the most 'beautiful villages in France' and includes a private pool, kid-friendly bedrooms and a setting to fall in love with. Bordered on one side by a gentle mountain stream, with small cascades and rock-pools, and on the other by gradually sloping rock terraces covered in aromatic herbs and olive trees, this rare property has been stylishly renovated and is exceptional both inside and out. This house is uniquely situated to discover incredible landscapes and enjoy hikes, bike trails, sailing, paddle, canoe, rafting and canyoning, as well as the culinary delights of the region, for a holiday that you will always remember. Relax in the sun with a good book by the pool, enjoy numerous outdoor activities and end your day dining at Alain Ducasse's Michelin-starred 'la Bastide de Moustiers' or in any of the many lovely restaurants in Moustiers. Read more...

F1 Monaco Grand Prix

F1 Monaco Grand Prix

Visit Monaco this summer between 23rd May - 26th May 2019 and experience the adrenaline, the sights and the sounds of the 77th Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix is an exceptional location of glamour and prestige with its circuit of 3.337 km and a total distance raced of 260.286 km over 78 laps. Read more...

The Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival

Visit the world famous Cannes Film Festival for the 71st Cannes Film festival : 14th - 25th May 2019 The most famous and prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival is held every May in the glitzy Côte d'Azur resort of Cannes. Read more...

This house is an absolute gem

This house is an absolute gem

Built by Count Fragonard and said to be his favourite place on earth, it is easy to see why. It is located only 30 minutes from Nice airport and 25 minutes from Cannes. And although only minutes from the more well known, populated spots in the South of France, it is off the beaten track and only frequented by those in the know. Read more...

Voted by The Guardian as one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Villages in France

Voted by The Guardian as one of the Top 20 Most Beautiful Villages in France

On a hill an hour's drive from Nice, Seillans is a maze of sloping cobbled alleys and tiny squares with fountaines. Above it stands the medieval castle and 11th-century church of Saint-Léger. On the square at the entrance to the villas is Génie de la Bastille, a statue by surrealist artist Max Ernst, who fell in love with Seillans, moved here with his wife, Dorothea Tanning, and played pêtanque with locals onto is spot. Artworks by the couple, and Stanislas Appenzeller, are in the 13th-century Maison Walberg. In the village below, pines, olive groves and vineyards surround the chapel of Nôtre Dame de L'Ormeau, with its 16th-century carved altarpiece, Village events include the international Musique-Cordiale festival (9 - 19 August) and an olive festival at the end of November. Read more...

When in France, holiday like the Romans!

When in France, holiday like the Romans!

The Languedoc region in the South of France is renowned not only for its Cathar castles, but also for its Roman history and antiquities left behind from an occupation stretching over 500 years. Today's visitor can still enjoy the sights of magnificent amphitheatres in Nîmes and Arles, the Pont-du-Gard aqueduct and remnants of the Via Domita, a Roman super highway connecting Rome right through to Spain. The region was administered from the ancient capital of Narbonne, a safe harbour whose entrance was protected by the beautiful wooded island of La Clape. Read more...

All year access to the Côte d'Azur

All year access to the Côte d'Azur

Always associated with summer holidays, think Côte d’Azur and you imagine (or remember!) long lazy days on the lounger by the pool or on the beach, strolling on La Croisette before treating yourself to a stunning little something from rue d’Antibes, or enjoying a beautifully chilled rosé over a sumptuous lunch in one of the medieval hillside villages. But did you know you can enjoy all this and more throughout the year? Read more...

Immerse yourself in rural Provence

Immerse yourself in rural Provence

Having travelled all over the World for work, there was something about Provence and the South of France which remained with the owner of Villa Coste Rousse since visiting the area several times on holiday as a child and which inspired her and her family to buy a second home in the unspoiled village of Callas deep in rural Provence. Callas with its narrow, cobbled streets, fountains (16 in total!) and charming shady square is perched high above the Gorges du Pennafort and the vineyards of Provence. Despite remaining almost unchanged for centuries, the village has a small grocery, an amazing boulangerie, a traditional tabac and four excellent restaurants. There's also a market every Saturday. All of which are within walking distance of Villa Coste Rousse. What better way to start the day than absorbing the wonderful views from the balcony, whilst tucking into freshly baked croissants? Read more...

Maison Baleyssagues is beginning to feel like home

Maison Baleyssagues is beginning to feel like home

Maison Baleyssagues is nestled right in the heart of beautiful Bordeaux region countryside in the small hamlet of Baleyssagues midway between Saint-Émilion and Bergerac. The unique ‘Y’ shaped villa was built by a renowned Dutch jazz pianist and has recently been bought by an English couple who are keen to continue its artistic legacy. The property is filled with original art and antiques and with three bedrooms is the perfect size for couples or friends to enjoy some peace and quiet, or a family holiday in the sun. Read more...

The artist, Achille Laugé 1861-1944

The artist, Achille Laugé 1861-1944

After we had owned La Fontaine in Cailhavel for a few years, we discovered that a significant French Neo-Impressionist* artist once lived nearby - in a house called l'Alouette which is five minutes down the road D221 out of Cailhavel towards the main road D623 to Limoux. The house is still family owned. Paysage de la Gardie Read more...

Callian is a medieval village, ideal for families looking for summer vacations

Callian is a medieval village, ideal for families looking for summer vacations

Set on the hill above Callian, the house benefits from a particularly quiet and private location ideal for families looking for summer vacations away from, but within easy reach of, the hustle and bustle of the coast itself. Callian is a medieval village in the South of France and one of the string of nine perched villages found in the Var around Fayence, and is situated just 25 minutes from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice International Airport. Perched at 325 m, it is noted for its amazing views of the hills that surround the area. From the outside, the village has a very unspoiled and traditional character and it makes for the perfect setting to visit and enjoy rural Southern Mediterranean France at its best. Read more...

Dream holidays in Rieux-Minervois

Dream holidays in Rieux-Minervois

Do not hesitate to book your rental in the sun from 1st June and benefit from a 15% discount. Don’t wait any longer, this is the last week available for summer 2019! A satisfied customer… Read more...

Promotional offer for "Manoir Coteaux" in the pays de la Loire!

Promotional offer for "Manoir Coteaux" in the pays de la Loire!

An offer not to be missed… Do not wait to book your summer holidays and benefit from a promotional offer not to miss in the beautiful "Manoir Coteaux" located in the Pays de la Loire. You can enjoy 3 free nights from June 26 to 29 if you book your vacation week from June 29 to July 6, 2019, or 15% discount on reservations in the months of May and June. Read more...

Maison Beauregard - Holiday home with private pool

Maison Beauregard - Holiday home with private pool

"La Maison Beauregard", a house rich in authenticity! A spacious and traditional garden... Read more...

Today, Vence has 18,600 residents, but once upon a time...

Today, Vence has 18,600 residents, but once upon a time...

In the iron age, the Baou of Vence had a different kind of resident, fiercely ruled by local tribes it was a guarded place until conquered by Augustus, Founder of the Roman Empire when it became part of the Alpes-Maritimes. A rare contemporary and fully renovated villa... Read more...

Charming retreat with a private woodland in the gorgeous French Loire Valley!

Charming retreat with a private woodland in the gorgeous French Loire Valley!

Villa Chambord is full of history as it was built in the late 1970's by André Gaston Honorary Architect from 'Bâtiment de France' who was in charge of the renovation and restoration of the castle of Chambord. Beautiful contemporary villa set in a large plot in the middle of a forest, in prime Loire châteaux country (close to Château Chambord, Château Cheverny, Château Beauregard and Château Blois). It's perfectly located to explore all the area and do wine tasting, bike rides along the Loire River, hot air balloon flights, golf, visit Beauval ZooParc and MaxVauché's chocolate factory. Read more...

We found our holiday dream in Pézenas

We found our holiday dream in Pézenas

When we found Pézenas all our dreams of living in the South of France came together, unusually it had everything we wanted beauty, history, culture, lots of different places to eat and a really thriving vibe! A stunning medieval town surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards Read more...

Heated pools in France

Heated pools in France

Turn the heat up to the max this summer in France whilst you relax in your very own heated swimming pool. Pure France offers a wide range of holiday properties with private heated swimming pools of all shapes and sizes, all inviting you take a dip, make a splash and relax. Read more...

The long Easter holiday weekend is almost here !

The long Easter holiday weekend is almost here !

Looking for a holiday home to rent for your vacation with family or friends? Find all our last minute promotional offers for your self-catering Easter holidays, for example : Read more...

The Carnival of Nice

The Carnival of Nice

Check out Nice between the 16th February and 2nd March 2019 and join in the atmosphere of the Nice carnival. Experience flower parades during the day and parades of lights during the evenings. Be part of the street theatres and listen to music groups performing throughout the event. Read more...